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Jun 15, 2013 12:30pm PDT
surveillance program called prism operated by the national security agency, the nsa. last week snowden surfaced in hong kong via video to explain his actions. snowden denied any intent to harm u.s. security. he claimed he blew the whistle on the nsa to prompt a public debate about the program's legitimacy and propriety. he said he had taken refuge in hong kong, the same city and territory of the people's republic of china. snowden is resisting extradition to the united states, so damage assessments are already underway in the nsa and the cia, the central intelligence agency and the department of homeland security and in other federal agencies whose secrets show -- snowden is positioned to compromise. besides snowden's decision to put himself under the jurisdiction of hong kong, the timing of the disclosure is of particular interest, so close to the critical summit between president obama and premier xi jinping of china. snowden's current revelations are seen as a major ongoing diplomatic embarrassment to the u.s. and a serious undercutting of president obama's negotiating postu
CBS
Jun 16, 2013 6:30am EDT
operated by the national security agency, the nsa. he spoke to us by video in hong kong to explain his action. he denied any intent to harm security. he claims he blew the whistle to prompt a public debate about legitimacy and propriety. he had taken refuge in hong kong. snowden is resisting expedition to the united states. damage assessments are already under way in the nsa and cia, the central intelligence agency, and homeland security and other federal agencies whose secrets snowden is able to compromise. he's put himself under the jurisdiction of hong kong, the timing of snowden's disclosure is of particular interest, so close to the summit between president obama and -- of china. chinese cyber intrusion items. it's a diplomatic embarrassment to the u.s. and a serious undercutting of president obama's negotiating posture, vis-a-vis china. >> what's more i between, what snowden did to the nsa or what they're doing to american citizens. >> i think he damaged the security of the united states, and i think he ought to be prosecuted. the national security agency have spent decades d
MSNBC
Jun 18, 2013 7:00am PDT
of the national security agency and commander of u.s. cyber command. as you noted, we have extraordinary people doing great work to protect this country and to protect our civil liberties and privacy. over the past few weeks, unauthorized disclosures of classified information have resulted in considerable debate in the press about these pro programs. the debate, as you noted, was fueled by incomplete and inaccurate information by little contact on the purpose of the programs, will have u to our national security and that of our allies and protections in place to preserve our privacy and civil liberties. today, we will provide additional detail in context on these pro programs to help inform that debate. these were approved by the administration, congress and the courts. from my perspective, a sound legal process that we all work together as a government to protect our nation and our civil liberties in privacy. ironically, the document that have been released so far show the rigorous oversight and compliance our government uses to balance security with civil liberties and pr
CBS
Jun 16, 2013 12:00pm EDT
damaged the security of the united states and i think he ought to be prosecuted. the national security agency have spent decades defending this country. what did we learn? that they have access to verizon's records and aol and yahoo and all the rest. but they can only access these records if they have found some connection to a terrorist and if they go to a court and say we need to access those records. by and large the guys working at the nsa are american patriots who have put in decades at the silent service. there's a wholesale exaggeration, the potential for evil doing is huge as it is in the irs. but there is no single example yet that this has been abused. >> what is a fesi court. it authorizes -- >> is it an invisible court. >> yes. >> why are you talking about an invisible court. >> because that's the court that the national security agency goes to -- >> why don't have they have cabinet rank. >> because it's sort of the like -- >> is it an agency,. >> yeah. it's under the clapper. >> what is clapper. >> the head of national security overall over the cia. >> reporting to whom directly. >> t
CNN
Jun 15, 2013 4:00am PDT
national security agency surveillance of american citizens. facebook is coming forward with their roles in the national security agency requests. this is the first time we're learning about specific requests in the wake of the nsa leaker. according to lawyers for both companies in the last six months of 2012, facebook, listen to this, facebook received between 9,000 and 12,000 requests for information. and microsoft said it received 6,000 and 7,000 during that same time period. cnn's laurie segall is joining us by phone. tell us what this means for users of microsoft and facebook. i think what this means, we need to know for national security that these companies like facebook, like microsoft, this say huge resource that they're tapping into this information. and we're now beginning for the first time to really see some transparency. you know when facebook put out this report early this morning, late last night, they essentially said that local law enforcement uses these reports to try to help track down missing children. gang-related activity that's going to help with national se
CBS
Jun 16, 2013 11:00pm EDT
national security agency is defending its datly collection program with a new document released to congress. chip reed has more. >> reporter: the national security agency collects phone records on tens of millions of americans but a document sent by top intelligence officials to congress this weekend says fewer than 300 people were identified through the program last year and all of them were suspected of having ties to foreign terrorist organizations. releasing that information is part of an effort by the obama administration to alleviate fears about the nsa surveillance program. >> does the president feel that he is violated the privacy of any american? >> he does not. >> reporter: he was asked about assertions by edward snowden the former contractor who admits he leaked information on the programs to the media. >> he claimed, for example, he could listen in on anybody's conversation including the president's. >> incorrect. >> did he overstate his ability to do these things? >> it's surely my view he did. >> reporter: he said the nsa surveillance programs were supported by bipart
Comedy Central
Jun 17, 2013 7:30pm PDT
phone records to our internet habits and who we email with. >> the national security agency is building this massive new data center in utah. >> this is a mammoth facility. the published reports indicate that it can hold five zeta-bytes of data. >> zeta bytes? they've got to be careful with those. i think that's how michael douglas got throat cancer. boom! [ cheers and applause ] hey, hey, he left you. jon left you. i'm here. so, it turns out the government is monitoring vastly more information than even george orwell wet the bed over, which brings us to our new segment. >> read the time off your [bleep] wrist watch. >> what are you doing? you won't know who to trust. the good news... [ cheers and applause ] good news you're not paranoid is brought to you by tin foil. why not wear it as a hat? okay. so, the government has built a giant computer that basically records every facet of our daily life. what is this sinister program called, rain foreshadow blade, the human snoop-ipede. >> the internet surveillance program is called prism. >> prism? that's the best you've got? with a
PBS
Jun 16, 2013 6:00pm PDT
national security agency have been monitoring the phone records and internet activity of citizens should concern every american. >> and syria is indeed using chemical went tons kill its own people. what happens now? >> now every day that goes by is complicated. there are no good options. >> times change and the immigration system has to change with those times. >> the u.s. senate race in massachusetts. could republicans pull one out of the hat again?urn out in this election. >> the super secret national security agency is head quarterereded in maryland just outside of washington, d.c. the nsa is building another facility in the middle of the utah gadge jet where they will capture everything we say or text electronically, phone calls, internet searches, you name it the nsa has it. a plan politico's roger simon describes as possesing all of the qualifications to become a grocery bagger. high school drop out hired as a c.i.a. guard,ed by the and claims he had access to just about everything. sbl when you see everything, you see them on a more frequent basis and you recognize some of
CNN
Jun 15, 2013 3:00am PDT
information revealed overnight about the national security agency surveillance of american citizens. with the government's permission, facebook is coming forward to reveal its role in the national security requests. this is the first time we're learning about specific government divests for information in the wake of the nsa leaker. according to the site's lawyers in the last six months of 2012, facebook received between 9,000 and 12,000 requests for information that affected as many as 19,000 accounts. that breaks down to about 55 requests per day. cnn's money correspondent laurie siegel has been following this and joins us on the phone. good morning. >> hey there. >> what do you make of this latest revelation. >> you know, i look at this and this say huge deal. the idea that facebook is coming out as well as other companies and being very transparent about the data, it's a big deal. a huge resource for national security we're finally learning about it and also what exactly these requests are. if you look at some of these facebook requests, they kind of go into detail. you know, they're
FOX News
Jun 18, 2013 8:00am PDT
the national security agency. >> so you rose to the rank of -- >> i was bringing georgia dear general in the air national guard. in awful things it's complicated. >> i just wanted to get on the record you have military service as well as your civilian service. >> i do, sir. i transitioned from the active air force to the national security agency, i retained my affiliation with the reserve components and was phraoelsed anpleased and proud to be able to serve in the air nation malguard for 20 years. >> thank you for the service. in each of the cases there was a determination made by an analystwadinsa that there was a reasonable, describable, articulable suspicion that a number of interests, a telephone number of interest might be associated with a collected plot, a specific terrorist plot overseas and therefore a desires to see if that plot had a connection into the united states. the process they go through then his as described, one where they make a -- >> it's not -- you don't put in a name? we do not, sir. the only thing we get from the providers are numbers. the only thing
CNN
Jun 23, 2013 9:00am PDT
head of the nsa this morning, the national security agency, general keith alexander, when asked about this on abc. >> we are in touch with mr. -- >> i have no opinion on wikileaks. i don't track them. i really don't know who wikileaks are other than this assange person. my job again defend the nation. >> you have to have some sympathy for good public servants like general alexander whose job it is to keep secrets. but when you say we don't really know who wikileaks is after how much they have been in the news, just the other day the fbi director again another excellent public servant saying we have drones in the united states but we're just now developing the protocols. what the administration's top people say in public, and again bob mueller and jen algeneral alexander, good public servants, but it leads you to the impression they're making it up as they go along. >> it does have a bit of a keystone cop feel to it at this point because we have this guy running all over on the globe with the u.s. saying we want to hear with countries that really have to play ball. i want you all
ABC
Jun 18, 2013 11:00am PDT
times since 9/11. >> that is the head of the national security agency, general keith alexander. the deputy director of the f.b.i. gave four examples. he says in 2009 they intercepted an email from a frist tristd to a person in the united states. >> through a legal process he was identified. he was located in denver, colorado. >> the f.b.i. was able to serve a search warrant. >> in time, bomb making components and backpacks. he later confessed to a plot to bomb the new york subway system. >> another example was a foiled plot to bomb the stock exchange. nearly half of americans says they don't approve of the surveillance program since snowden leaked their existence there is has been outrage over privacy. they say the phone company that is the same access to the data. >> nsa have the ability to listen to listen to phone calls or read emails? >> no, we don't have that authority. >> yahoo, law enforcement agencies made 12,000 requests for data. >> edward snowden is hiding in hong kong and some fear he will defect to china and give up secrets to china but snowden says he is not a spy. >>>
LINKTV
Jun 18, 2013 3:00pm PDT
publicly admitting he was the source to repeal the national security agency's sweeping domestic spy program, whistleblower edward snowden defended his actions in an online chat. speaking to guardian readers and journalists, snowden indicated he remains in hong kong after arriving there last month, but did not confirm his exact location. he stood by his assertion that as an nsa contractor he had the capability to wiretap anyone in the u.s. with a personal e-mail address. at one point, snowden was asked when exactly he made the decision to come forth. he said -- we will have more on snowden with glenn greenwald, the guard in journalist to whom he made his disclosures, after the headlines. president obama meanwhile defended his ministrations top- secret domestic spy program during an interview on pbs trolley rose show that aired monday night. obama drew a line between his administration's efforts and those of the bush administration. he also claimed that nsa surveillance is transparent because requests are submitted to the top-secret foreign intelligence surveillance court. >> it is transparen
ABC
Jun 17, 2013 4:30am EDT
criticizing the man who leaked details about the national security agency's surveillance program. over the weekend cheney called edward snowden a traitor. >> i can i'd ask everybody pause and don't automatically the nsa and the other things that are going on in the obama administration because this is a program one by professionals, it's done great work, saved lives, stopped attacks against the united states. >> snowden is supposed to be in hong kong but hasn't been seen in about a week. >> last month's fiery train derailment and explosion near baltimore. take a listen. >> a huge fire in front of my business right now, it's huge. >> where did this train derail? >> certainly did blow up. hundreds of people called 911 after the freight train slammed into a trail in rosedale. the truck's driver was seriously hurt. nearby buildings were damaged. investigators are still trying to piece together what happened. and we're about to learn more about a plane billed as the world's most advanced solar powered airplane. >> today's news conference comes a day after the solar impulse made a midnight landi
CSPAN
Jun 19, 2013 6:00am EDT
tip from the national security agency? >> no, actually he was the subject to our prior investigation seven years earlier. that was closed because we could not find any connection to terrorism. then, if we did not have the tip from n.s.a., we would not have been able to reopen the case. >> but at the time you were not investigating the case? >> that is right. >> and when they dip that number into the business records, the preserved business records from the court order, they dip a phone number in and a phone number came out in san diego, did you know who that person was when they gave you that phone number? >> no, we did not. we had to serve legal process to identify this person and corroborate it. then we later had electronic surveillance. >> when you went up on electronic surveillance, you used a court order, a warrant, a subpoena? >> that is correct. >> what did you use? >> a fisa court order. >> so you had to prove probable cause to go up on this individual's phone number. that is right? >> that's right. and it has been mentioned several times today, anyone inside the united state
CBS
Jun 18, 2013 5:30pm PDT
. alexander heads the national security agency where edward snowden once worked as a contract employee until he exposed two of n.s.a.'s surveillance operations. one of those collects the phone records of millions of americans the other program monitors internet traffic. well, today before the house intelligence committee, alexander answered critics saying that these programs save lives. homeland security correspondent bob orr begins our coverage. >> reporter: general keith alexander claimed the n.s.a. surveillance programs recently revealed by leaks have helped stop more than 50 potential attacks since 9/11. >> these programs are critical to the intelligence community's ability to protect our nation and our allies' security. they assist the intelligence community efforts to connect the dots. >> reporter: at least ten of the disrupted plots, alexander said, involved homeland-based threats. u.s. officials previously revealed two of them, n.s.a. intercepts of terrorist communications led the f.b.i. to arrest a colorado man, najibullah zazi for plotting to bomb new york's subways. similar
NBC
Jun 18, 2013 4:30am EDT
the national security agency. >> there's no word on whether the man will face any charges. >>> president obama is defending his administration's handling of the syrian war. the president's first comments come following friday's announcement regarding the aid of weapons after bashar al assad's crossing of the red line. >> this argument that if we had gone in earlier in some fashion, that the tragedy and chaos had taken place in syria wouldn't be taking place i think is wrong. >> a new pugh research poll finds 70% are against the u.s. and its allies sending arms and military supplies to anti-got groups in syria, 20% are in favor. nearly two-thirds say the u.s. is overcommitted the sdmroop syria is expected to take center stage at this week's g-8 summit. while they support opposing sides in the conflict, they agree that the civil war must come toon end. nbc news chief whus correspondent chuck todd joins us live from ireland. chuck, good morning. >> good morning, mara. you played the president's comments to charlie rose there about syria. one other point he made in that interv
NBC
Jun 16, 2013 9:00am EDT
officials say the national security agency surveillance programs work. according to information released saturday by the senate intelligence committee, this is one of dozens of flots thwarted by the program. they have found themselves in the hot seat after classified information was leaked by edward snowden. intelligence officials say that fewer than 300 phone numbers investigated last year. in a database of millions of phone records collected by the nsa. they can only be examined for suspected connections to terrorism. the intelligence community tried to push back in overreach of phones and internet use auj. google and facebook, pushing as well. allowing for more transparency for users without compromising security. >>> the richmond community, remembering a little boy killed in thursday's severe storms. dozens of family and friends turned out for a candle-light vigil for 4-year-old shawn wills. he was with his father and brother when the park was evacuated. a tree fell injuring the father as he tried to protect him. >> he fell your honunder the tre both arms. put a plate in his
CSPAN
Jun 23, 2013 10:30am EDT
of the national security agency and the commander of u.s. cyber command. we have extraordinary people doing great work to protect this country and protect our civil liberties and privacy. over the past few weeks unofficial disclosures of classified information have resulted in considerable debate in the press of these programs. the debate is fueled by incomplete and inaccurate information, with little context provided on the purpose of these programs, their value to our national security, and of our allies and the protections that are in place to preserve our privacy and civil liberties. today we will provide additional detail and context on these two programs to help inform that debate. these programs were approved by the administration, congress, and the courts. from my perspective, a sound legal process that we all work together as a government to protect our nation and our civil liberties and privacy. ironically, the documents that have been released so far showed the rigorous oversight and compliance our government uses to balance security with civil liberties and privacy. let me
KRON
Jun 17, 2013 7:00am PDT
learned about the government's data mining and surveillance program. now that national security agency is defending its data collection. in a document released to congress, the national security agency argued that increase in years, dozens of their plots in more than 20 countries have been disrupted and. despite having billions of phone records, officials are is then agency has repeatedly said it only collect and manage data-phone number is, phone call durations and locations of the two parties. no names or addresses. >> apple says it received between four and 5000 requests from u.s. enforcement for customer information between december of last year and may 31st of this year. apple said the request came from federal, state and local authorities, and included both criminal investigations and national security matters. but the company wanted to make it clear how much access the government has. in a statement, apple said " we do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer content must get a court order. " >> muni buses ar
CNN
Jun 16, 2013 7:00pm EDT
worker whose revelations embroider the national security agency in its worst scandal in history. the second agency is accused of spying on communications of foreign dignitaries. just minutes aye away to nick roberts with potential damning revelations. first, other stories making headlines right now. >>> a lot of ex sploeplosions a the syrian capital. two bombs and more in just a moment as well. >>> to colorado where firefighters are making huge headway against the most destructive wildfire in history. the black forest fire burning near colorado springs is 65% contained. the progress comes amidst considerable lost. 473 structures destroyed and two people killed. >>> storms in missouri and more could be dumped tomorrow. it was hit hard yesterday dumping as much as 10 inches of rain in two hours. roads flooded, many cars stranded, luckily no injuries reported. >>> violence rocked omaha, nebraska yesterday. four shootings in less than three hours left fothree people dead and two critically injured. it kicked off the world series. one of the three people killed was one of the shooters. >>
CNN
Jun 15, 2013 3:00pm PDT
an agency of the u.s. government that has long kept a low profile. the national security agency or nsa. let's get a closer look from cnn pentagon correspondent chris lawrence. >> jim, the jokes have been that it stands for no such agency or never say anything. there is a lot of mystery surrounding this agency. one thing is becoming very clear. for all of the information that the nsa has already collected, it's nothing compared to what it's about to be able to do. cia spies have their secrets. so do the men in special ops. but they can't compare to the national security agency. >> the nsa is the most secret agency in the country. it's far more secret than the cia. >> reporter: the nsa is headquartered in a highly secure section of fort meade army base in maryland and is building a new surveillance center in the middle of a utah desert. there, spread out over a million square feet of cables and computers, the nsa will capture everything from e-mails to internet searches, phone calls, and personal data. >> it's designed to hold an enormous amount of communications. >> reporter: author
FOX News
Jun 19, 2013 12:00pm PDT
the head of the national security agency lie to congress about whether the feds can listen to our phone calls and read our emails if they choose? judge napolitano said he did indeed lie. the judge will join us to explain. and important new details on drones. the head of the fbi said hours ago that the feds do use drones to spy on people inside the united states of america. don't you? it's all ahead unless breaking news changes everything on "studio b." >>> but first at 3:00 in new york city, a pro football star apparently part of a possible murder investigation. police in massachusetts last night searched the home of the new england patriots tight end aaron hernandez. just one day after a jogger found a man dead in an industrial park about a mile from hernandez's home. some officers stood on the front steps of that home last night while others walked around the driveway and garage. one officer took a box from the house. state troopers returned earlier today but when they knocked, nobody answered the door. sports illustrated reports hernandez is not believed to be a suspect. but st
CBS
Jun 16, 2013 10:30am EDT
going on for a long time. they've been worried about national security agency encroaching on americans' privacy. back in 2004, two officials at the time-- the acting attorney general, joams kome, and the f.b.i. director mueller threatened to resign because they thought the surveillance was being done-- that they were intriewgd on privacy. they didn't, but i must say, mr. mcdonough, a lot of what the story underlines seems very much like we're hearing what-- what we're hearing about today with these disclosures by edward snowden. so let me just ask you to start. do you have any comment on this story that bart gelman has this morning? >> i saw the bart gelman story and he has worked on this the past couple of weeks very aggressively. much of what he was working on was a draft report about a program that was suspended now several years ago because of the way we saw its usefulness. that's point one. point two, you mentioned jim come, who was the department attorney general at the time, he's recently been considered, among many other people for a lead job by president obama to include poten
CBS
Jun 16, 2013 8:30am PDT
: thank you very much. let's start with the news and that is the national security agency disclosures about whether americans' privacy has been invaded. this morning in the "washington post," barton gellman, who will be along later this morning on this broadcast, has a big front-page story about government officials, and he just underlines that this is something that's been going on for a long time. they've been worried about national security agency encroaching on americans' privacy. back in 2004, two officials at the time-- the acting attorney general, joams kome, and the f.b.i. director mueller threatened to resign because they thought the surveillance was being done-- that they were intriewgd on privacy. they didn't, but i must say, mr. mcdonough, a lot of what the story underlines seems very much like we're hearing what-- what we're hearing about today with these disclosures by edward snowden. so let me just ask you to start. do you have any comment on this story that bart gelman has this morning? >> i saw the bart gelman story and he has worked on this the past couple of weeks v
FOX News
Jun 16, 2013 5:00pm PDT
snowden who leaked information about the national security agency surveillance program on programs told the south china morning post that he is neither a trait error hero. he says he's just an american. but that hasn't stopped the debate here at home. is snowden a hero or a traitor? bill benny is a foreigner nsa official with more than 30 years in the agency, became a whistleblower and resigned in 2001, after the program he created for foreign intelligence gathering was turned inward on this country. steven yates is former deputy assistant to vice president cheney for national security affairs, and ceo of d.c. international advisory. he spent the first five years of his career at the national security agency. gentlemen, glad to have both of you here. bill, let me start with you. i don't think this is really so much about edward snowden as it is about the programs and their value to the country, and whether or not they violent the constitutional rights of americans. but i do want to ask in your view is edward snowden a good guy or bad guy? >> well, i certainly think that what he's d
FOX News
Jun 16, 2013 6:00pm PDT
fierce debate at the heist levels regarding citizen's rights verses national security and out of that debate ultimately came the national security agency for nsa. in the 1950s the spy center was so secret the joke was the initials stood for no such agency. >> what did the president know and when did he know it. >> after watergate, however, people wanted to know what the spy agencies were really up to. in 1975 general lewallen dwam the first director of the nsa to testify publically before congress. the agency once so secretive was exposed. the public learned the nsa headquartered in fort mede, maryland was eavesdropping on messages sent into and out of the country. in response in 1978 the federal government passed phisa foreign intelligence surveillance act which required the nsa to get warrants from special fisa corpse. the nsa adopted and moved on. >> with the fall of the soviet union the mission teams were urgent to many. the nsa lagged behind in the latest technology. as general michael hayden the nsa director who took charge in 99 put it in an age of telecommunications breakthroughs the nsa was becoming deaf. but 69-11 dee lived -- de
CSPAN
Jun 18, 2013 8:00pm EDT
amendments tomorrow with over 200 filed. members return on wednesday. the head of the national security agency told a house panel today that over 50 terror threats around the world have been stopped with the assistance of surveillance programs that were recently disclosed by former contractor edward snowden. that hearing is next on c-span. oner tonight, house debate banning abortions after 20 weeks. director robert mueller testifies on capitol hill tomorrow at an oversight hearing. he will take questions on a data collection program run by the national security agency. watch live coverage at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span three. next, an essay director general keith alexander speaks about data collection programs. is three hours. >> call this meeting to order, please. host[indiscernible] on short notice. that was the nice things we said about you. that is why we turned the microphone off. still not working? all right. holding for technical difficulties. can you hear me? now it's working. the committee will come to order. thank you for appearing before us today, especially on short notice. the ranking
FOX News
Jun 19, 2013 2:00am PDT
the national security agency director general keith alexander says it is not only justified but has been ir reversible and significant damage from the nations resulting from the recent leak. >> in recent years these programs together with other intelligence has protected the u.s. and allies for terror threats across the globe to include helping prevent the potential terrorist events over 50 times since 9-11. >> alexander says 10 of the 50 he sited had domestic connections. the added foreign internal internet communications not necessarily domestic phone records amounts to those in the attacks. while he used the 2009 subway thought an attack on the new york stock exchange a plot involving david hadley tied to terrorist groups in pakistan. it is more complicated than just the intelligence they are obtaining through these specific phone surveillance methods and some congressmen believe that edward snowden did the right thing in leaking this information. >> i think he has risked his future and his career over something that is a belief, a belief that our records are protected and we hav
FOX News
Jun 17, 2013 12:00am EDT
ultimately came the national security agency or nsa. in the 1950s the spy center was so secretive the joke was the initials stood for no such agency. >> what did the president know and when did he know it? >> after watergate, however, people wanted to know what the spy agencies were really up to. in 1975, general lou allen became the first director of the nsa to testify publicly before congress. the agency once so secretive was expose heed. the public learned that the nsa headquartered at fort mead, maryland was eavesdropping on messages sent into and out of the country. the federal government passed the foreign intelligence surveillance act which required orders from certain courts. the nsa adapted and moved on. with the fall of the soviet union its mission seemed less urgent to many and the nsa lagged behind in the latest technology. as general michael hayden the nsa director who took charge in 1989 put it in an age of telenoncations breakthroughs the nsa was becoming deaf. 9/11 delivered a shock that was loud enough for everyone to hear. the nsa got a bigger budget and a new missio
CNN
Jun 16, 2013 2:00pm EDT
more about the national security agency's surveillance programs. the nsa leaks have left a lot of unanswered questions including whether the data collection programs actually help thwart any terrorist plots. good to see you on the windy white house lawn. what are officials saying about the surveillance programs. >> reporter: that's right. it's windy here. it depends who you talk to. i have folks on both sides of the issue. house committee chairman mike rogers was on state of the union this morning talking about this program. he says as more information comes out about what just what kinds of plots these surveillance programs were able to help thwart, that will allay some of the concerns of the modern people. let's listen to what he had to sa say. >> i do think it helps. as people get a better feeling this is a lockbox with only phone numbers, no names, no addresses in it, we've used it sparingly, it is absolutely overseen by the legislature, the judicial branch and the executive branch, has lots of protections built in, if you can see the number of cases where we've actually stopp
CNN
Jun 18, 2013 10:00am PDT
that the justice department, the fbi, the national security agency put on this collection of data so that the american people sort of understand that it's numbers without an identity, without a location, without any content and then they have to go back to a court much like a grand jury to try and get more information. i think it was just baby steps because they feel constrained about what they can tell us. they'd like this to go away but it's not going to go away. >> no. the president does seem like he's answering the questions that are posed to him. he talked a lot about the privacy concerns. he was pushed on this. i want you to listen to that. >> i stood up the privacy and liberties oversight board. i'll be meeting with them. i want to set up and structure a national conversation. >> what do we think that national conversation will look like. how will the administration be able to get out ahead of this issue. >> he had to lead the national conversation. giving a bunch of interviews is great. i think he has to forcefully explain his point of view. question really don't know why. he
FOX News
Jun 16, 2013 2:00am PDT
the national security agency or nsa. in the 1950s the spy center was so secretive the joke was the initials stood for no such agency. >> what did the president know and when did he know it? >> after watergate, however, people wanted to know what the spy agencies were really up to. in 1975, general lou allen became the first director of the nsa to testify publicly before congress. the agency once so secretive was expose heed. the public learned that the nsa headquartered at fort mead, maryland was eavesdropping on messages sent into and out of the country. the federal government passed the foreign intelligence surveillance act which required orders from certain courts. the nsa adapted and moved on. with the fall of the soviet union its mission seemed less urgent to many and the nsa lagged behind in the latest technology. as general michael hayden the nsa director who took charge in 1989 put it in an age of telenoncations breakthroughs the nsa was becoming deaf. 9/11 delivered a shock that was loud enough for everyone to hear. the nsa got a bigger budget and a new mission. stop the n
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Jun 15, 2013 10:00pm PDT
national security agency general keith alexander. when decline declined requestst down with us for an interview we stopped by the office of a washington think tank where he was speaking at an event. >> will it hold the data of american citizens? >> no, we don't hold data on u.s. citizens. the people there at nsa. they take protecting your civil liberties and privacy as the most important thing they do in securing this nation. and so when people just throw out they will have all this stuff at utah data center that is baloney. i will not say here is what we are doing at utah. that would be ridiculous, too, because it would give our adversaries a tremendous advantage and we are not going to do that. >> binney says this is not about the character of the former nsa colleagues. it the about the possibility of the government's stunning encompass at this time collect store and analyze data will tempt less than noble leaders if not know than in the future. >> really a turnkey situation where it could be turned quickly and become a totalitarian state quickly. the capacity to do that is being
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